March 6, 2023
Tiberio Imburgia liked to consider himself one of the more rational members of the major figures that drove international relations in Novaris. Of course, his work in the LN meant that he had met some more… colorful individuals, so perhaps Tiberio thought that because he was not like them.
Lapinumbia, he supposed, had a geopolitical situation that mirrored Tiberio’s own within Novaris. Lapinumbia was a major power in its own right, though unlike Tretrid it didn’t care as much for projecting power half the world away. It was perhaps less seen in the news that its northern neighbor, but that didn’t make the Most Serene Republic any less important.
Tretrid relied on Lapinumbia perhaps more than they’d like to admit given that Lapinumbia had been their main adversary for a sizable chunk of history. Lavoa alone, sitting at the mouth of the Greatflood, could probably sway Tretridian policy. But with the significant heft of the Lapinumbian navy, as well as its territories in the waters south of Novaris, brought with it one of Tretrid’s most important strategic partnerships, as well as one with Norgsveldet that only improved after Lapinumbia joined the UCA.
Tretrid was initially skeptical of Lapinumbia joining the UCA, since relations between Tretrid and Norgsveldet had been somewhat awkward due to some of Tretrid’s activities in West Novaris. But relations between the two had improved, especially with Tretrid joining the NCEF, and Tretrid also found its interests aligning with the UCA’s as it reevaluated its policy in the wake of Correva.
Since Lapinumbia, Tretrid, and Norgsveldet found their interests aligning, they had taken to holding a yearly summit regarding geopolitical issues that affected them.
So, things in South Novaris had been going very well. There was one thing that Tiberio still wanted, though.
He was sitting in an office across from the Doge of Lapinumbia, Enrico Dandolo.
Enrico looked up from the reports that Tiberio had given him. “You want Lapinumbia to join the North Concordian Economic Federation?”
Tiberio nodded. “Tretrid and Lapinumbia’s economies are already closely tied together, especially with our open border agreement with them. Tretrid is also linked economically to Norgsveldet through their shared membership in the NCEF. Joining the NCEF will strengthen those important strategic partnerships.”
“That makes sense,” Enrico said. He paused for a moment. “What makes you suggest we should do this now instead of, say, next year, or back when Tretrid joined?”
“Well, back then it was still uncertain whether those renewed ties between Tretrid and Norgsveldet were here to stay,” Tiberio said. “It’s been long enough, I feel, to say that this arrangement is going to last at least a bit longer, so we may as well reap the benefits from it. Though, in hindsight, Lapinumbia probably should have applied to become an NCEF partner.”
Enrico nodded. “Well, that all makes sense.” He thought about the matter a while longer. “It would be best if we were to know what Tretrid’s and Norgsveldet’s stances were before we were to officially apply, so we can make sure this goes as smoothly as possible. I’ll probably informally bring the matter up in next month’s summit, but I’d strongly encourage you to try finding out what Tretrid’s stance on it would be beforehand. Otherwise, you have my leave to do as you see fit regarding bringing us into the organization.”
Enrico checked a printed agenda on his desk. “Now, the next thing you wanted to discuss is relations with the countries of West Novaris, right?”
And so the meeting continued.